Writing Paragraphs

For this essay you should know how to write 3 types of paragraph Introduction Argument / Opinion Conclusion Introduction An introduction is a link between the question and the arguments/opinions. It should frame the question, and then have a thesis (a thesis is a statement that says exactly what the…
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Synonyms (IELTS)

One of the easiest ways to make writing look better is to use synonyms. Avoid 'kindergarten words' In western schools one of the first things writing teachers teach is to avoid 'kindergarten' words. An example of these words: Adjectives good: positive, grand, excellent, wonderful bad: atrocious, dire, pitiful big: vast,…
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Planning Before Writing

The second part of IELTS writing starts with an open question. It may be tempting to start writing, but structure is hugely important. Before you start writing think of the overall essay structure. The 5-paragraph essay The most common way to write this essay is the with the 5-paragraph model.…
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Problems of Logic and Ideas

The IELTS writing tests try to follow simple structures. These structures act as a common framework (one every student can use) so the examiners don't have too many variations to inspect. Nonetheless, there are cases in which students get confused as to the task they are being asked. Problem 1:…
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Things to Avoid

There are some things that look wrong - very wrong - in the IELTS writing exam. Using commas as a conjunction - The idea of a teacher wearing a uniform is odd, it seems strange to me. - In my opinion it would be a mistake to stop teaching traditional…
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Linking Phrases

Linking phrases connect sentences, paragraphs, and ideas. This helps writing flow smoothly, and makes for a better read. Listing Ideas Giving examples Generalising Reinforcement Similarity Results and Consequence Deduction Emphasis and Highlighting Reformulation Expressing an alternative Contrast Stating the obvious Transition to a new point Concession Giving Personal Opinion Mass…
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